I have been burning DVD’s for relatively a long time. I recently joined the Any DVD and Clone DVD bandwagon. It seems that any dvd movie that is less than 100% burns crappy. Here is my setup. To totally ISOLATE my burning environment I built a VMware workstation 5.0 virtual XP machine. The virtual machine has a 20 GB pre-allocated HD, and 1024 MB of memory. The XP VM has been patched with the latest hotfixes. Then I downloaded the latest version of Any DVD and Clove DVD. 126.96.36.199 for Any dvd, and 188.8.131.52 Clone DVD. I am using a Pioneer DVDRW DVR-107D 4x speed external USB 2.0 buner. I am us9ing TDK DVD +R 4.7 GB 8x DVD’s from Best Buy.
Here is what happens: Take for instance a movie like Seabiscuit or Million Dollar Baby. I can burn either the whole DVD with the exception of subtitles and spanish language. The DVD burns about 78% quality. The movie plays perfectly… until the last 45 minutes. Green and purple squares… skips… segments in the movie that as it gets closer and closer to the end refuse to play at all. I try the same test again with the just copy title only mode. Same issue. Any movie that is less than 100% quality (or I am assuming a movie that is not on a dual layer dvd to start with) burn like this. I have even changed my media. Same thing happens on sony media… and generic ebay media.
For those of you that think it is a VM issue… nope. I built a brand new Dell 400sc server with windows XP. I mirrored my VM setup on the physical box. Same issue. It seems like when the transcoder kicks in… the dvd’s don’t burn properly.
I have also updated my firmware on my dvd drive.
What could be causing this???